|Date||October 21, 2020|
|Time||7:00 pm - 8:15 pm|
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The King of Aspiration Prayers: Samantabhadra’s “Aspiration to Excellent Actions” (Zangchö Mönlam in Tibetan) is a famous aspiration to excellent activity that originates from the Avataṃsaka sūtra.
October 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
Wednesdays at 7pm – teaching will be given over four evenings via Zoom. Please email email@example.com for Zoom link.
It is called the ‘King’ as it is a very famous prayer, and regarded as the foremost among the one hundred thousand prayers from the sutra tradition. Samantabhadra is one of the eight bodhisattvas who is associated with making offerings and dedicating all the offerings he made to benefit for sentient beings.
The teaching will be given by Laura Rubio, co-ordinator of our sister center Sakya Dolma Ling in Mexico City.
About the importance of Aspiration Prayers
The practice of aspirations is one of the most important aspects of life as a Buddhist. We aspire to peace and prosperity and, most importantly, aspire for the enlightenment for all sentient beings. From a Buddhist perspective, this is the ultimate aim in life, as enlightenment is the state of the cessation of suffering or confusion.
Every time we conclude any puja or teaching session, two or three verses from the King of Aspiration Prayers is usually amongst the dedication prayers.
The Benefit of the prayers
Just as food provides physical nutrition, similarly by making these aspirations we get the nutritional benefit of merit and wisdom. From a Buddhist point of view, merit and wisdom are most important for the development of one’s consciousness, and by making aspiration prayers we accumulate immense merit and wisdom.Merit and wisdom develop our mind in the most beneficial way.
And since we are performing these aspirations in the same way as all of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have done, are doing, and always will do, we are able to perform timeless aspirations, meaning that their results will be inexhaustible.
So aspiration prayers do work, and furthermore they are the easiest practice. All it requires is our attention and a most observant mind. Through these qualities, we come to deeply understand what Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have always aspired to do to benefit beings. And then, we simply offer aspirations ourselves.